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Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast

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An adaptation of the Disney fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.

Can you believe it was 26 years ago when Beauty and the Beast was released? I was 3 years old! And I’m not going to lie – I still own the VHS. Well, here we are, 26 years later and Disney has decided to release a live action version of the film. Of course there’s a few of us out there that just wants Hollywood to leave these classics alone, but at the same time, I believe there are people out there who would appreciate a live-action version of these classics. Could you imagine Aladdin? Mulan? Lion King? Well, you don’t need to imagine anymore because Disney is actually in talks of re-creating a whack load of their classics into live action films.

Beauty and the Beast stars the gorgeous Emma Watson as Belle, cool guy Luke Evans as Gaston, hilarious Josh Gad as LeFou, classic Kevin Kline as Maurice and sort of unknown Dan Stevens as Beast. Fun fact – Emma Watson was offered the lead role in La La Land, but turned it down to play Belle and Ryan Gosling was offered the role of Beast, but turned it down to star in La La Land. Now that we got all the roles out of the way, let’s talk about how they did. Honestly, I thought everyone was great. The one issue I had was with Beast. Of course, this isn’t Dan Stevens fault, I mean, maybe it is? But the movement of Beast felt unnatural at times. From what I’ve read, Dan Stevens is in a suit and the only thing that is CGI is the face. So, not sure how Beast was moving unnaturally if there’s a body in a suit there? I also wasn’t a fan of Beast’s face. I feel like if Suicide Squad can win an academy award for best makeup where they had Croc in full makeup, surely Disney could’ve pulled it off.

I don’t really need to talk about the visuals as we should always expect greatness from Disney, but needless to say, it was fantastic. Regarding the story, well, if you’re thinking this is a different version with some parts taken from the original, you’ll be disappointed. I also don’t know why you would think that, but I’ve seen other reviews and people were upset that there was nothing new. From what I’ve read, it’s supposed to be a complete copy of the original, just in live action. So, make sure to adjust your expectations accordingly. With that being said, there’s a few, and I really mean a few, things that were added compared to the original, but it didn’t feel as polished as a Disney film should be. Some edits were not smooth and if they had the intention of adding a few new things, why not change the story slightly to make it a bit more polished. I’m sure there would be some uproar with the fans, but they went ahead and added a gay character in this version, so did they think there would be no uproar at all? There will always be complaints. You can never get away scot-free, so do what makes sense and what majority of people will appreciate.

Overall, Beauty and the Beast will still have you singing those songs you were singing when you were young or even in the shower the other day. It’s a great refresher and a solid live-action take on the animation. Unfortunately, it just didn’t raise the bar and might have Disney second-guessing some of their other ideas for more live-action films. Let’s just say, The Jungle Book and Cinderella were better, but Beauty and the Beast was better than Maleficent.

Also, I just wanted to add that I’m pretty sure Lumiére dabbed in a scene.

Beauty and the Beast is in theatres tomorrow, Friday, March 17th.

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